Tag Archive: Google’s


Google’s Translatotron tries to make phone translation a bit less awkward

Translatotron is able to translate using speech-to-speech while retaining aspects of the original speaker’s voice.

What you need to know Translatotron is Google’s new speech-to-speech translation model. By using speech-to-speech translation it skips the step of transcribing the source into text and can speed up translation. Translatotron is also able to mimic the speaker’s voice and cadence making the results sound more human and less robotic.

The ability to communicate with each other all over the world  [Read More…]

Google’s new Play features for devs will benefit you, too

Google’s highly anticipated event, Google I/O, never fails to make waves every year with the company’s many announcements, debuts, and updates. This year, Google I/O 2019 revealed reworks for the Google Play Store, with plenty of new tools and improvements added based on developer feedback to help them sell, market, and update their apps more seamlessly.

First introduced last year, the Android App Bundle has some awesome new features finally leaving beta. According to a Google blog post,  [Read More…]

Inside Google’s plan to have security patches updated via the Play Store

Google’s next step following the success of Project Treble.

At the beginning of each month, Google updates its monthly Android Security Bulletin and pushes out a security patch to its Pixel phones to ensure they’re as up-to-date and secure as can be. The process is pretty smooth and painless for those Pixel owners, but if you have a phone that’s made by Samsung, LG, Huawei, etc., you can often find yourself waiting a while before the patch  [Read More…]

Google’s new Pixel 3a doesn’t support Daydream VR

It’s all thanks to resolution and framerate issues.

Google finally unveiled the Pixel 3a and 3a XL yesterday at Google I/O 2019 to much fanfare. The new Pixels start at $ 400, and despite a few compromises, provide an experience very similar to the original Pixel 3 phones.

However, to meet the new lower price point, sacrifices had to be made — one of which is Daydream support, Android’s VR platform.

While Daydream works fine with the  [Read More…]

Google’s allowing users to automatically delete location and activity data

The feature is rolling out over the coming weeks.

A new feature from Google now allows your location and other data to be auto-deleted every 3 or 18 months. While Google has always allowed you to disable the tracking of your location and searches or erase your location history, there are often many benefits to Google having this data.

By keeping track of your location and search habits, Google is able to make suggestions about a restaurant  [Read More…]

New leak gives us the best look at Google’s budget Pixel 3a

It’s been long rumored that Google is working on a new budget line of Pixels. We’ve seen many leaks previously pointing to the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. The company even had most of the specs revealed in Play Store and dev documentation.

Now, we have the best look at the smaller Pixel 3a that we’ve had yet. Master leaker, @evleaks shared a full resolution render of the new mid-range device. Overall the phone is a 5.6″ notch less display  [Read More…]

Police are using Google’s Timeline feature to collect location information

Another location feature that police are using to track individuals.

If you’re one of the millions of people with a Google account, you have a Google Maps Timeline. It might be blank — it’s tied to the Location History setting that caused more confusion than needed because of its name, and it checks in periodically on every mobile device tied to your account once you’ve agreed and opted in. For some people, this is helpful for things  [Read More…]

Samsung’s Fast Wireless Charging Stand is bulkier but better than Google’s

Wireless charging in Android phones is just about ubiquitous at this point, and the number of charger options is plentiful. We’ve used dozens of different chargers over the years to get acquainted with all of their quirks and capabilities to make sure we can recommend the right ones.

Our pick Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand

$ 40 at Amazon

Pros Wide back for easy placement Wide base is sturdy Less expensive than Google’s alternative Available in  [Read More…]

Google’s Call Screen feature may soon arrive on Android One devices

Possibly coming to Motorola and Nokia phones first.

When the Pixel 3 launched in October 2018, one of its most interesting features was Call Screen — something that allows the Google Assistant to answer calls for you so you can decide if you want to pick up or end the call. It expanded to the Pixel 2 and Pixel series last year, and now it looks like it’ll soon be made available for Android One phones.

Spotted  [Read More…]

Google’s Stadia brings more to worry about than just the technical details

This could kick off a future where games are only something you rent while you can.

While you’re reading this, there’s a good chance I’ll be playing Far Cry 3. If you aren’t up to date on all things Far Cry — shame on you — the third installment in the series went on sale in late 2012. Yes, it’s a game that is seven years old but I still like to play it. A lot of  [Read More…]